Last week, the Wildcats Marching Band percussion group began a two-week percussion only camp to give them the extra time they need to be prepared when the entire band reports on July 31. This week, the band’s color guard is also having a special camp. Band Director Charles McCauley said the color guard will be working on fundamentals.
McCauley said he could hardly believe his eyes when a work crew began putting down artificial turf at Gerald Prim Stadium, where the band will be marching this fall. He said he drives by the facility every day checking the renovated stadium’s progress. McCauley said he hopes to be able to host band contests at the new Prim.
Also new this year, the Wildcats Band will be relocated from their end zone site to the south end of the home stands at the Prim. The opposing team’s band will also be relocated to the south end of the visitor’s side so the bands will face each other. This year’s Wildcats Marching Band show is called Five. It will include tunes from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, Beethoven’s Fifth, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth, Dave Brubeck’s Take Five and the Jackson Five’s Dancing Machine.